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7 Yoga Poses for People Who Are on Their Feet All Day

Andrea Palesh
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It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . long work hours! For those of us who work in the service and retail industry, the holiday season can mean standing on our feet for hours on end catering lavish holiday parties and staying open late to accommodate shoppers – leaving our mind and body not so jolly.
 
And even if you don’t work in these industries, shopping all day (or any other activity that requires standing and walking for extended periods of time) takes the same toll on your body.
 
Find relief, both physically and mentally, by practicing yoga poses that release the lower back, stretch the spine, and melt away soreness in the legs. They’ll be the best (and cheapest!) gift you can give yourself all season.
 

1. Legs Up the Wall Pose

 
legs up the wall

With this pose, you’ll do the exact opposite of what you were just doing all day. Your tired feet will thank you for this relaxing and restorative pose. Support the hips with a towel or block to raise the heart above the head, giving your body a cooling and calming effect. Fun fact: if you are traveling this holiday season, this pose is also great for jet lag!
 

2. Instant Maui Pose

 
maui pose

This pose is so relaxing it can feel like you just took a mini-vacay! It has similar benefits to Legs Up the Wall pose, but with a little extra added stress release because your legs are completely supported – making it so your body doesn’t work as hard. Use a chair (or stairs in the case of my photo) and a towel under your pelvis for support.
 

3. Cat-Cow Pose

 
cat cow

Reverse the effects of standing – which over times compresses your spine – with this soothing asana flow that stretches and elongates the spinal column. And as with any yoga pose, don’t forget to coordinate the breath! This will only amp up the calming and therapeutic benefits.
 

4. Happy Baby Pose

 
happy baby

If you haven’t noticed a trend yet, all of these poses are really focused on the spine. Because duh – that’s what really hurts the most after a long day! Happy Baby is a great pose because it simultaneously relieves back pain and opens the hips. Plus it’s fun!
 

5. Upside-Down Forward Fold

 
forward fold

For those of you with a more advanced practice, this pose might look a lot like Plow pose. But seeing that we want to cause as little stress to the body, and reverse the effects of a grueling day, this slight variation is much less strenuous. It basically takes a forward fold up a notch – stretching out the hamstrings and lower back, without putting any stress on the neck.
 

6. Supine Twist

 
twist

A good ol’ Supine Twist will open the lower back and ease up tension in the shoulders. Twists detoxify the spinal column and rinse the spine with fresh, new oxygenated blood. Oh! And this pose aids in digestion. You: 1. Cookies: 0.
 

 

7. Yogi Squat

 
squat

Finally, give yourself a little more love with a nice squat. It’ll stretch out your tight calves, open your also-tight hips, increase ankle mobility, and help elongate the spine. Bonus tip: feel free to do this sitting on a block – make this and each pose listed here feel good for your body’s specific needs.
 
Now you’re ready to tackle the holiday season with zen-like calm and peace of mind (and body too!). While it’s easy to get caught up in the stress and chaos of the holidays, your yoga practice is the perfect way to reflect on all the good, and flush out the negative. Peace, love, and holiday cheer.
 
Special thanks to our lovely yogi friend Kat for being part of the photoshoot!
 

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Andrea Palesh

Andrea Palesh is a freelance dancer and writer living in New York City. She turned to yoga as a means to become a stronger dancer, not knowing the profound effects her yoga practice would have on her entire life. A mover by nature, she embraces change, challenges routine, and rarely turns down an opportunity to bust a move on the dance floor. If she’s not dancing, you can probably find her doing one of the following things: crafting, traveling, or eating popcorn.

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